The Princeton Council will hold a special meeting tonight, March 20, at 7 p.m. to discuss parking code changes in town. The meeting will be held in the main room of the municipal building at 400 Witherspoon Street.
Representatives from the town’s engineering department will present potential code amendments
related to metered and unmetered street parking as well as changes to loading zones, overnight parking,
extended parking at the train station, and new time restrictions for parking on various streets. The council will also consider shortening the meter time limits on lower University Place near McCarter Theatre and the old Dinky station, which is now a restaurant and bar. Princeton University officials and the owner of the Dinky Bar asked the town to reduce the meter hours there at a council meeting last year.
In response to requests from residents for limited parking hours and daytime permits, the Princeton Council
will consider new regulations for two-hour parking time restrictions on Lytle Street, Clay Street, Maple Street and Linden Lane, and daytime parking permits in conjunction with overnight permits. Permit fee exemption criteria will also be explored.
“One of the issues we’ll be discussing is providing daytime permit parking for residents who live in town, which has been percolating for a number of years. The program in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood has differences between the former Borough and Township, and other neighborhoods have requested a permit program,” Council President Jenny Crumiller said.
Adding metered on-street parking on Witherspoon Street, Henry Avenue, and College Road will be discussed. The Princeton Council will also consider harmonizing the loading zone regulations between the former Borough and Township.
The municipality of Princeton manages over 1,100 metered parking spaces on and off street, one public
parking garage, eight surface lots, and hundreds of parking permits.
No formal action will be taken at the meeting, officials said.
“There are so many issues when it comes to parking regulations that it made sense to have a meeting devoted entirely to the topic,” Mayor Liz Lempert said. “It will be an opportunity for Council to hear from our staff as well as the public, and to consider the various options and impacts before ordinances are drafted.”